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200                          LETTERS   FROM   THE

Directory, who object to my presence during the
elections. Rather than be de trop here, I shall
strive to pass my time pleasantly, as the season
advances and the situation is delightful. I am
told there is some good company, mostly ci-devants
reduced; and I am loaded with recommendations.
The minister and commissaires are very civil, and
desire me not to think anything personal is meant
to me, but my removal is a general measure,
common to the Portuguese ambassador, &c.

I much fear the determination of the Govern-
ment here not to consent to Sir Sidney Smith's
release, and that of our ministers that his release
must be a sine qua non, will end in the general
exchange being refused on both sides. These series
of victories over the Emperor, Trieste being taken,
&c., will not render the Directory more obedient
to our mandates, or value our threats the more.
In the meantime, innumerable prisoners are kept
in durance, because one point is not obtained at
present, for it must be ceded at last. The liberty,
perhaps the lives, of above a thousand poor detenus
is depending. I have written this to Lord Gren-
ville, which may perhaps displease him.

Will it not be a pity if the business I am
now upon, and which is now perfected, should
fall to the ground—which I much fear will be